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Memorial Day Events from Kentucky Dept of Veteran Affairs


Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs


Flag, Medals and Remembrance


Be a Part of National Celebrations


(FRANKFORT, May 25, 2010) – Flying the flag, wearing your medals, honoring veterans at local events and enjoying a nationally-televised concert are all ways Kentuckians can join millions of their fellow citizens in observing Memorial Day.


Flying the Flag on Memorial Day


            On Memorial Day the flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon only, then raised briskly to the top of the staff until sunset, in honor of the nation's battle heroes.


Veterans Should Wear Their Medals


To show their pride in military service and teach younger generations about the value of serving our nation, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Ken Lucas urged veterans across Kentucky to pin on their military medals on Memorial Day, May 31.

"Display your medals proudly," said Lucas.  "Be a symbol and reminder to everyone you meet, especially young people, of the sacrifices our veterans have made for our freedom."

He encouraged veterans to display their medals no matter what they are doing on Memorial Day, but especially when attending public events.  Lucas said he hopes the wearing of medals by veterans will become a tradition.  It began on Veterans Day 2006 under a national program called "Veterans Pride Initiative."

About 24 million living Americans have served in the armed forces, with nearly 18 million wearing the uniforms of the U.S. military during times of war and conflict.

Lucas encourages veterans to wear their medals on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Veterans Day, and when attending other patriotic events.  Major U.S. veterans organizations have endorsed the Veterans Pride Initiative.

Additional information about the initiative is featured at VA's Web site at, where veterans can also learn how to replace mislaid medals or confirm the decorations to which they are entitled.


Ceremonies at Kentucky's State Veterans Cemeteries and Veterans Centers


Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central in Radcliff and Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North will hold Year of Honors Remembrance ceremonies on Memorial Day.

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North: KVCN's Memorial Day Event will take place at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, May 31. It will honor all the veterans and dependents interred since the cemetery opened on August 22, 2008. The guest speaker will be CSM Monty Lash, incoming 7th BDE Command Sergeant Major, Fort Knox. Colors will be posted and retired by the Grant County Veterans Honor Guard. Music by the Williamstown Choir.  Wreaths will be laid by family members of deceased veterans. Refreshments will be provided by the Ladies Auxiliary American Legion Post 24, Georgetown. The cemetery is located at 205 Eibeck Lane at the Williamstown exit off I-75.

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West: KVCW's Memorial Day Ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. (Central), Monday May 31. The ceremony is sponsored by VFW Post 1913, John Brame, Commander.  The guest speaker will by Dr. Dennis Swain, a Vietnam War Air Force veteran.  KVCW also sends a special thank you to The Fort Campbell American Legion Auxiliary Unit 233 for donation of all flags for the flag plaza, and to the VFW Post 1913 for replacing the U.S. Flag.  The cemetery is located at 5817 Fort Campbell Boulevard in Hopkinsville.

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central: KVCC's Memorial Day Ceremony begins at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 31. The ceremony is sponsored by VFW Post 10281 from Vine Grove.  The guest speaker will be Colonel Jarrold Reeves, Deputy Cmdr. 3d Sustainment Cmd. Ft. Knox. The First Battalion, 26th Infantry will be the honor guard.  Ms. Kentucky hopeful Jessica Caruso will sing the National Anthem.  VFW Post 10281 will dedicate a memorial stone for the scattering garden and place a memorial wreath. The cemetery is located at 2501 North Dixie Boulevard, Radcliff.

Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, Wilmore: THVC's Memorial Day ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 31. The guest speaker will be Wayne Sparks.  There will be a Final Roll Call for our Thomson-Hood Veterans who have passed away since May 2009.

Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center, Hazard: EKVC's Memorial Day Wreath Dedication will be held at the Paul E. Patton Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center at 2:00 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 31st.  Johnny Couch, President of the Hazard VFW, will be the guest speaker.  The Memorial Wreath will be placed by one of EKVC's residents, a WWII Veteran who is 96 years old. 

Western Kentucky Veterans Center, Hanson: WKVC's Memorial Day Program will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 21.  Hopkins County Central High School Junior ROTC Air Force Cadets will perform the service, including posting of the colors by an Honor Guard, Pledge of Allegiance and reading poems written by the cadets.  There will be a slide show of the residents of WKVC who have passed since Memorial Day 2009 and the hanging of a wreath, concluding with TAPS and TAPS Echo.

National Moment of Remembrance


Monday, May 31, at 3 p.m. local time, Major League Baseball games will stop, Amtrak train whistles will blast across the country and hundreds of other nationwide participants will encourage Americans to pause for the Memorial Day National Moment of Remembrance. The ‘Moment' was established by an act of Congress, to honor those who died in service to our country.

            All citizens, alone or with family and friends, wherever they may be at 3 p.m., local time, are asked to pause for a Moment of reflection and rededication to give something back to our country in memory of our Nation's fallen. The goal is to put "Memorial" back into Memorial Day. A Gallup poll revealed that only 28 percent of Americans know the meaning of this noble holiday.

The White House Commission on Remembrance was established in 2000 by Congress in Public Law 106-579. Its purpose is to promote the ‘Moment' and the values of Memorial Day by acts of remembrance throughout the year. 

            The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has partnered with the Commission to bring recognition to the National Moment of Remembrance and encourages every American to attend Memorial Day events and to participate in the Moment.  When we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we are honoring those who have served and those still serving.

            Other participants in the Moment include NASCAR, the National Constitution Center, the Liberty Bell, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority, schools, universities, hospitals, the United Spinal Association, retirement communities, shopping malls, National Parks, the National Grocers' Association, airports, bus lines and the International Space Station.


National Memorial Day Concert


For more than 20 years, PBS has been proud to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country with the annual broadcast of the award-winning National Memorial Day Concert.

The event, which has become the memorial service for our entire nation, is co-hosted for the fifth year by Gary Sinise (CSI: New York) and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veteran's causes and supporting our troops in active service.  The top-rated show will be broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, May 30, 2010 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET (check local listings) before a concert audience of 300,000, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Radio and Television Network.

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